Our film Ella Gets A Promotion? is lucky to have been picked as one of only ten films to play as part of the Manhattan Short Film Festival. It was also the only film picked from the U.S. To call this an honor is an understatement. It is simply amazing. The films are shown in over 250 theatres all over the world. Literally all over the world where the audience members vote on their favorite.
Both Mike and I were able to attend the Friday night showing in Chicago at the Wilmette Theatre which was really great. The audience members varied in every way and Mike was able to introduce the film and the festival before it began. I didn’t know much about the other films so it was also great for me to see them. The festival did good (not just by picking our film) because all of the films were really amazing.
I don’t think I realized the full impact initially. Watching all of the other films I was so impressed by them and to see that our little film was with these made it all the more special. As I watched the credits for the films I saw that they all had a decent sized crew. We basically had Mike directing the actors, a PA who helped with a few things, and then me directing the technical which included the camera, doing the lighting, and the audio. We had three crew members basically and our budget was minimal. This made the fact that ours was chosen all the more incredible.
The next day I was seeing all of these photos from around the world of people at different theatres watching the films. For the first time the global aspect hit me. This was very humbling.
Thank you again to the Manhattan Short Film Festival for this honor and to everyone who went out to the theatres, wherever you are, to watch these films. I’m sure I speak for all of the filmmakers when I say it means the world to us.
Mike Pusateri and Richard Diaz in front of the Wilmette Theatre after the Manhattan Short Film Festival with our film ‘Ella Gets A Promotion?’.